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The Passengers Are to Blame Too for the Dead Dog on the United Flight

That none would stand up for the dog, even while they could hear it, is a pretty damning indictment of more than United

United is getting a lot of blame for the death of a small dog that a flight attendant insisted be put in an overhead compartment. According to several reports, the passengers could hear the dog from the compartment until it died. United is one of the worst airlines in the world, as far as I am concerned. It is just downright abusive to its passengers and animals seem to die more in the care of United than any other airline.

But the reality is that if a flight attendant told me to stuff my dog in an overhead compartment, I would demand off the flight. Perhaps the person involved did not understand the risks, but there were other passengers around who could hear the dog. If I was a passenger on a flight in that situation, even if it was not my dog, I'd have spoken up. It is an inappropriate location for a dog to be stored. My understanding is that the pet's owner was frazzled and with kids and didn't want to fight the fight. I've been there and done that. But my dog is like a family member and, even so, surely there was someone else on the plane willing to stand up for the frazzled parent and the dog. But there was not.

I pointed this out on social media and was amazed by the number of beta males who declared that we must all do what the flight attendant tells us, or else. I went back and looked and, ironically, many of these same people have tweets up praising kids for walking out of school yesterday to protest gun violence. They don't want the risk themselves or will cheer on what they think is right so long as they know the threat of punishment is low.

We truly are a nation of men without chests now. We let flight attendants lord over us while muttering under our breath that the customer is always right. We let dogs die in overhead compartments on planes. This is ridiculous. Actually, it is not "we" or even "me," it is some of you. Grow spines. It is not brave for liberals to walk out of public schools to protest guns. It is not brave for liberals to stand up to Donald Trump. But perhaps there is now a modicum of bravery and a whole hell of a lot of decency to stand up against cruelty to a dog on an airplane, as ridiculous as that might sound.

And yet not a passenger on that plane did.

I'm an animal lover....Mostly cats, but also dogs...and possums & raccoons & squirrels which I feed in my back yard. My choice, my yard. It's very sad that a whole lot of things went wrong on that flight. Starting with: If you to transport an animal....For gosh sakes, get a bus ticket! Two hours of barking, and NO one did anything. That dog deserved a better fate. How many pet-related incidents like this would happen if the "owners" were legally liable, with HEAVY punishment, if their "PET", "Comfort Animal" were to die in their care. We treat animals like S**t.

Do pets get screened by TSA?

No, I expect that he would act...just as I would. I'm a fireman and we are trained from the git-go to act in situations that require it. I believe that any first responder or military person would act....as well as a lot of type A personalities.

We live in times when people don't want to get involved, they see and hear but do or say nothing! The age represents the antithesis of John Donne: No man is an island, no man stands alone, each is part of the WHOLE! Most people today are islands, texting, walking around with their phones while never looking up or around, and sitting behind their computers playing games with someone they never see or know.

What's really sad about the whole thing is that I've been on United flights where the dog in the cage, one that wouldn't fit well under the seat, the flight crew took the dog in the cockpit. Some United crews get it right, anyway. One flight was in an Embraer, a plane known for not having any leg room, much less room under the seat.

Here is a newsflash for you Reaganite - morality existed before Christianity. And the Earth existed for millions of years before Jesus.

Now this point, I can agree with and reassess Erick's contention that passengers could have been more engaged to save the animal. By that, I mean, not by challenging the flight attendant but by assisting with the passenger's children so SHE COULD check on the pet during the flight, even removing it from time to time to soothe it and then possibly putting it under the seat. All that was necessary for that to happen was that the other passengers who say they observed what occurred and would have been willing to cause a change to save the animal OFFER to the passenger to help with a child or two. That would have made the "mom" available to offer a reprieve to the animal by removing it in between any turbulence experience and whenever the beverage cart was cleared from the aisle. It takes a re focus from being angry with the flight attendant during the flight and instead allows someone who genuinely cares to offer help for the situation as it is unfolding.

If the passenger was allowed to board with the dog then the dog should have been allowed to sit with its owner . Putting a dog in an overhead compartment is amazingly stupid on the part of the airline employee and the dog's owner . BUT the larger percentage of blame goes on the airline employee . Said employee should be fired and arrested for animal cruelty . Whether or not the owners should be charged would depend on the dialogue that resulted in the pup being put in the overhead bin . FRANKLY I cannot believe some idiot insisted on such a thing !

That is your opinion. I stand by God's Word, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and was God. And nothing was made that was not made by Him.....and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. And we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten of the Father." My God graciously open your eyes to Himself.

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